Our Team


Alicea Charamut, Executive Director

Alicea Charamut photo

Prior to joining Rivers Alliance in May 2019, she was the River Steward for the Connecticut River Conservancy. While her career began working in genomics during the height of the Biotech boom, she found an outlet for her passion for rivers through Trout Unlimited serving in various roles at the chapter and state level. As a fly angler, paddler and rower, water is as central to her play as it is her work.

Alicea also serves as a volunteer in several capacities as Secretary of the Fisheries Advisory Council, a member of the Connecticut Council on Environmental Quality, and on the Advisory Board of the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources. She is also the Co-Chair of the Water Planning Council Advisory Group.

Alicea holds a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Connecticut. She resides in Newington with her husband, Bob, children, Sean and Dannan, and their beloved dog Lizzie.

A note of gratitude: Rivers Alliance is grateful for the eighteen years that Margaret Miner was at the helm. Margaret has been a driving force for better water policy during her tenure. She continues to contribute, even in retirement as a valued consultant. Margaret and Alicea worked together for several years in policy circles. She said of the her successor, “Alicea is well equipped to be the next executive director of Rivers Alliance. She has done bold work on the invaluable state Council on Environmental Quality, in particular, on the Tilcon mining company’s plan to quarry up to 100 acres of source-water land. She will do her part and more to keep this organization strong.”

Margaret Miner, Consultant

Rose Guimaraes, Development & Programs Director, Newsletter Editor

Shelley Schultz, Bookkeeper and Office Manager


Dwight H. Merriam, Esq., (President) is an attorney at law in Simsbury.

Lynn Werner (Vice-President) is the Executive Director of the Housatonic Valley Association.

Hugh Rogers (Treasurer) is a retired teacher.

Paula Jones is with Save Our Water CT

Sharon Lewis is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice.

Sarah Martin is a principal and founder of Hays Worthington.

Denise Savageau is President of the CT Association of Conservation Districts.

In Memorium: Marty Mador

It is with great sorrow that we pass along the news that Marty Mador passed on June 21, 2023.

Marty joined the board of Rivers Alliance in 2002 and was always the life of our board meetings and gatherings. His commitment, passion, intellect, and high regard in the environmental and conservation community served so many organizations and Connecticut’s environment well for many decades.

Marty is someone who will live a long time in our thoughts and spoken remembrances.